Non-expert people are fascinated by psychological science. Unfortunately, they are often forced to rely on popular media for their information about research. This leads to a series of systematic biases. A recent survey of people interested in positive psychology illustrates this point.
Because of a lack of editorial oversight it is tempting to inflate credentials and expertise when creating a professional on-line profile. In an era where everyone is an "authority" it is authenticity that sets people apart.
People want to believe that disability is associated with miraculous emotional recovery. Unfortunately, the results of studies do not bear this out. Here is an explanation of how scientific results can be perverted and lead to enduring myths.
For years the science of positive psychology has been a great source of knowledge regarding what "goes right" rather than what "goes wrong" with people. Unfortunately, it has also been the source of the most persistent misinformation about happiness.
This Saturday—February 11,2012—is called "World Happy Day." In part, this global event is related to the launch of a new documentary called Happy, directed by Academy Award nominee Roko Belic (Genghis Blues).